Clinton County History Center sets celebratory open house next week


WILMINGTON — The Clinton County History Center is hosting a museum open house celebration ranging from free tours, door prizes and refreshments to an informative onsite lecture and more.

The event is Thursday, May 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 149 E. Locust St.

Wilmington College Intern Mikaela Prescott will present a lecture onsite from 6-6:30 p.m. that evening to discuss her process of developing the new Native American heritage exhibit and experience she gained while interning.

An exhibit reopening ribbon-cutting in partnership with the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce is set for 5:30 p.m.

Masks and social distancing indoors are requested. The Center’s gift shop will be open to visit and all current members receive a 10% discount.

About the exhibit

WC graduating history major Mikaela Prescott worked alongside the staff of the History Center to develop an exhibit featuring significant events and stories that occurred on these lands well before settlers arrived. Native American tribes such as the Hopewell, Adena, and Fort Ancient people called the lands that we know as Clinton County home.

Included in the new Native American heritage exhibit are a variety of arrowheads, tools and fossils, as well as a mammoth tusk that’s over 10,000 years old and photographs of indigenous Western tribes taken by Clinton County native Karl Moon in the early 1900s.

The facility

The Clinton County History Center is at a historic structure once belonging to General James W. Denver and his wife, Louise Rombach Denver; it is home to both the Genealogical Society and Historical Society’s museum.

The museum contains two full floors of touring rooms featuring the history of the Clinton County region and its people.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, the Center relies on memberships, donations, and community events to continue their mission of encouraging community involvement in the preservation, education, and promotion of Clinton County history and genealogy.

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Features tours, exhibit & lecture, door prizes, refreshments and more

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